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SPARKies shortlist focus: best mentor or advisor

Behind most successful companies there is usually a very good mentor, and support in making big business decisions is invaluable but often no publicly recognised. This award gives those benefitting from good mentoring an opportunity to say thank you publicly for the support they’ve received.

Sponsored by The Agency, the Best Mentor category looked for entries who had given their own time and resources to support others in achieving success in the digital and tech sector.

Shortlisted for this award we have: 

Mike Wilsher. who is an advisor and mentor to some of this region’s best known technology companies and founders including Gradwell, Moresoda, The House and Storm Consultancy. In total he mentors around twenty MD’s from across the Bath and Bristol region and is considered by many simply to be the best there is. His track record looks pretty good too, with mentee’s net assets growing by almost 40% year-on-year. The person nominating Mike said: “Whilst many mentors can be applauded for their time, effort, goodwill – Mike can not only claim those, he can also say he really does get results. Mike has utterly changed the way I work, and run my business for the better.”

Gavin Eddy, an ex-investment banker, angel investor and founder of workhub provider Forward Space, has generously given his time to countless students, supported networking events, contributed significantly to enterprise education at the University of Bath by delivering workshops and presentations at conferences and BANTER Bath Entrepreneur events. He has also attended award ceremonies and launches, talks and presentations and provided invaluable advice and support. Since 2006 he has chaired the judging of 7 annual business plan competitions at the University of Bath – reading and giving feedback on over 1000 ideas. He has read and commented on over 500 business ideas and over 50 full business plans – giving detailed feedback on each plan and chairing the judging panel as the finalists pitch their ideas. Gavin’s comments to the student businesses have been wise, well-chosen and challenging.

Rob Brown works in the film industry and is also a new lecturer in film production at Bath Spa University. The student nominating Rob for this award said: “Rob’s support, experience and enthusiasm stood out in not only helping myself but our whole class to drastically improve our methods of film making.” Rob has encouraged students to specialise in specific roles like script writing, camera operating or directing, and as a result three student films have been nominated for the Student RTS awards. Many of the projects are being entered into short film competitions nationally and internationally.

Rob has gond above and beyond in mentoring students, bringing in guest lecturers that were at the top of their game in terms of their trade, giving students insight into how they could learn and be inspired from the very best.

To find out who wins the award for the best mentor at The SPARKies come to our fantastic party at Komedia on 20 March!

About Katrina

Founder of Pepper PR & Marketing, a company specialising in marketing and event management for the digital and tech sector. On the BathSPARK organisation team and involved in running the SPARKies, the south west's best tech awards.

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